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Guidance for the public

Main collection of guidance from Scottish Government

Scotland in lockdown - (

Coronavirus (COVID-19): local protection levels

Coronavirus levels announced Postcode checker for levels

Guidance Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidance on public use of face coveringsupdated 6 January 2021.

NHS Inform - Coronavirus (COVID-19), information for the public

Coronavirus (COVID-19): international travel and managed isolation - (

Quarantine hotels - (

COVID-19 Vaccination

The COVID-19 vaccination programme in Scotland is underway. Those giving the injections will be vaccinated first, followed by those prioritised in advice by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisations (JCVI), which includes those over 80 and health and social care workers. Press release 

Resources on vaccination for social care employers and their staff: COVID-19 vaccinations - COVID-19 - Public Health Scotland


Updated advice for people shielding in Scotland: Coronavirus (COVID-19): shielding support and contacts.

The Scottish Government's policy on shielding: Coronavirus (COVID-19): shielding - a way forward for Scotland

Care home visiting guidance

Guidance for health and social care professionals

Adult social care - Winter preparedness plan 2020 to 2021 - published 3 November

Scottish Government: Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance (main collection of guidance for business, healthcare, education and housing)

Flu vaccination information for Scotland

Revised information and guidance from Health Protection Scotland

COVID-19 - Guidance for domiciliary care, published 20 August 2020.

COVID-19 - Guidance for non-healthcare settings, updated 31 December 2020.

Version 1.5 of the COVID-19: Information and Guidance for Social, Community and Residential Care Settings, dated 31 December 2020. 

Version 1.3 of the Advice for Social or Community Care and Residential Settings Staff, dated 13 August 2020.

Listing of publications by Health Protection Scotland

Care Inspectorate - Guidance for Services

Care Inspectorate - COVID 19 FAQs

PPE and infection control

PPE Action Plan: The Scottish Government has published a PPE Action Plan for health, social care and other essential public services to support COVID-19 infection control, preparations for winter and the potential impact of exiting the EU. D23Q

The Scottish Government has issued guidance on changes to PPE supply, updated 25 November 2020, which says providers should use local PPE Hubs. They have been emailed contact details. Providers can also contact the NHS National Services Scotland Social Care PPE Support Centre on 0300 303 3020 for details of their local Hub.

Letter from CMO and others dated 26 March 2020 

Version 1.5 of the COVID-19: Information and Guidance for Social, Community and Residential Care Settings, dated 31 December 2020. 

National Infection Prevention & Control Manual and with advice on how to prevent spread of all respiratory infections including COVID-19. Plus the additional Addendum on COVID-19 in community health and care settings.

COVID-19: Clinical Care Guidance for Care at Home, Housing Support and Sheltered Housingupdated 6 August 2020.

Test and Protect

Protect Scotland App

Grants for those self isolating

The Scottish Government has issued guidance on testing: Getting tested in Scotland, updated 13 January 2021.

Scotland's Test and Protect scheme:

Leaflet explaining NHS Scotland's Test and Protect system and what to do if someone has COVID-19 symptoms: available online 

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Test and Protect - information for people asked to self-isolate because of COVID-19, updated 14 December 2020.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Test and Protect - advice for employers, updated 14 December 2020.

Asymptomatic testing

Routine testing is being rolled out to care at home workers in Scotland. Coronavirus (COVID-19): adult care at home testing guidance - (

Workforce and training

The Scottish Social Service Council and NHS Education for Scotland (NES) have a Health and social care COVID-19 accelerated recruitment portal Information for Employers

The Care Inspectorate has relaxed its advice that providers should seek updates on individual staff PVG Scheme membership every three years. Existing guidance in Protecting Vulnerable Groups - Guidance for Care Inspectorate Staff and Service Providers (2015) is best practice, not a requirement of Disclosure Scotland.

Disclosure Scotland is currently prioritising checks for workers needed to deal with coronavirus, including social care workers. Disclosures for workers in priority sectors are free until until midnight on 25 December 2020. More information

Support for businesses

UK Government, Guidance: Coronavirus (COVID-19): Information for individuals and businesses in Scotlandupdated 5 January 2021.

Information about advice for businesses, including getting funding. 

Review of adult social care in Scotland to consider national care service. An independent review is to consider how adult social care can be reformed to deliver a national approach to care and support services. The review, set up under Scotland's Programme for Government, will be chaired by Derek Feeley, former director general of Health and Social Care in the Scottish Government.

Announcement 1 September 2020


Additional funding for social care - £1.1bn announced 19 Sept.

The Scottish Government has published The Adult Social Care Winter Preparedness Plan and allocated an additional £112 million in funding

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